Nepal is walking a tightrope between India and China (Al Jazeera)

India-China tensions are complicating a simmering political crisis in Kathmandu.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/nepal-walking-tightrope-india-china-200728102536128.html

Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (The Jamestown Foundation)

Since its advent in 2015, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—an ambitious program of infrastructure development projects primarily financed by Chinese capital and built by Chinese state-owned companies—has been a key component of China’s larger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) (China Brief, July 31, 2015; China Brief, December 10, 2019). Following a series of setbacks over the past two years, in June and July the Chinese and Pakistani leadership launched new projects that signaled a mutual commitment to revitalize a CPEC program hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

https://jamestown.org/program/the-impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-the-china-pakistan-economic-corridor/

European States Reappraise Their Diplomatic and Investment Relationships with China (The Jamestown Foundation)

As the European Union seeks to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic that paralyzed much of its normal political agenda, some member states have also been seeking a way out of major Sino-European initiatives.

https://jamestown.org/program/european-states-reappraise-their-diplomatic-and-investment-relationships-with-china/

Beijing Imposes Its New “National Security” Law on Hong Kong (Updated) (The Jamestown Foundation)

The central government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has imposed sweeping new national security legislation on Hong Kong, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the crimes of secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and “collusion” with foreign forces to jeopardize state security. The “Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” (中华人民共和国香港特别行政区维护国家安全法, Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Xianggang Tebie Xingzhengqu Weihu Guojia Anquan Fa) was unanimously passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s parliament, on June 30 (NPC, June 30).

https://jamestown.org/program/beijing-imposes-its-new-national-security-law-on-hong-kong-updated/

The PLA Is Mobilized for Flood Relief in Eastern China (The Jamestown Foundation)

Throughout June and July, much of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has experienced heavy rainfall from the annual late spring – early summer East Asian rainy season, a phenomenon sometimes called the “plum rain” (梅雨, meiyu).

https://jamestown.org/program/the-pla-is-mobilized-for-flood-relief-in-eastern-china/

China Plays the Iran Card (Project-Syndicate)

A recently announced partnership accord between China and Iran will have far-reaching strategic implications in the Middle East and South Asia. As much as Americans would like to withdraw from these regions once and for all, the fact is that the US rivalry with China will be a global affair.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-iran-deal-implications-for-us-foreign-policy-by-vali-nasr-and-ariane-tabatabai-2020-07

Vali Nasr, Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, is a former senior adviser in the US State Department and the author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat. – Ariane Tabatabai is a Middle East fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a senior research scholar at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

The Economic Costs of National Security (Project-Syndicate)

As the US-China rivalry escalates, the growing emphasis on national security will undermine global trade and investment, leaving fewer resources to finance social policies, address inequality, and tackle climate change. This is a global tragedy of the commons, and there is no guarantee that recognizing it will change the outcome.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/us-china-rivalry-national-security-economic-costs-by-andrew-sheng-and-xiao-geng-2020-07

Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong and a member of the UNEP Advisory Council on Sustainable Finance, is a former chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. His latest book is From Asian to Global Financial Crisis. – Xiao Geng, Chairman of the Hong Kong Institution for International Finance, is a professor and Director of the Research Institute of Maritime Silk-Road at Peking University HSBC Business School.

O Plano Decenal Brasil-China 2022-2031: oportunidade de preparação e realinhamento (CEBRI)

Tatiana Rosito, Senior Fellow e Coordenadora do Grupo de Análise sobre China do CEBRI, é um dos destaques da Carta Brasil-China organizada pelo Conselho Empresarial Brasil-China (CEBC), com o artigo “O Plano Decenal Brasil-China 2022-2031: oportunidade de preparação e realinhamento“.

https://www.cebri.org/portal/publicacoes/cebri-artigos/o-plano-decenal-brasil-china-2022-2031:-oportunidade-de-preparacao-e-realinhamento

Many migrant workers are excluded from China’s social programs (PIIE)

More than a fifth of China’s population have migrated from the countryside to join the urban workforce. These migrant workers have been indispensable to China’s economic growth but face exclusion from many social programs.

https://www.piie.com/research/piie-charts/many-migrant-workers-are-excluded-chinas-social-programs

Tianlei Huang